J.R. Smith Being Sued For ‘Emotional Distress’ Of Guy He Allegedly Choked
Cops have already declined to charge Smith with any crime in this matter but the “victim” is now coming for J.R.’s wallet.
Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith has been sued for $2.5 million by a man he got into an encounter with outside a New York City nightclub last November, according to documents obtained by ESPN.com.
Justin Brown, who was 19 at the time, approached Smith at a pizza shop at about 4 a.m. after Smith had left 1Oak, a well-known club in the Chelsea section of Manhattan. In a lawsuit filed Thursday, Brown claims Smith turned down a request for a photo and then choked and struck him in his head and neck area. Brown is suing for physical injuries and emotional distress.
Smith was not arrested for the incident and the Manhattan District Attorney declined to file charges in January after a two-month investigation. There is a video of the incident captured on a security camera, sources said.
“If they have the audacity to file a frivolous claim against JR, we will counterclaim for defamation and defend the suit aggressively,” said Alex Spiro, Smith’s attorney. “This was a cash grab from the start.”